1960 Eagles Lead Philly Sports Legends Gathering for Hall of Fame Induction

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Members of the 1960 NFL Champion Philadelphia Eagles lead an amazing gathering of local sports legends attending the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame’s Annual Induction banquet. Scheduled to attend the festivities from the 1960 Eagles are Chuck Bednarik, Tommy McDonald, Tom Brookshier, Pete Retzlaff, Maxie Baughn and Ed Khayat along with Class III Inductees Jack Ramsay, Ray Didinger, Bill Ellerbee and Don Bragg. The 3rd annual Induction Ceremony, which is open to the public, is Thursday April 6, 2006 at the Sheraton Society Hill in Philadelphia.

Members of the 1960 NFL Champion Eagles lead an amazing gathering of local sports legends attending the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame’s Annual Induction banquet. The 3rd annual Induction Ceremony, which is open to the public, is Thursday April 6, 2006 at the Sheraton Society Hill in Philadelphia.

Scheduled to attend the festivities from the 1960 Eagles are Chuck Bednarik, Tommy McDonald, Tom Brookshier, Pete Retzlaff, Maxie Baughn and Ed Khayat along with announcer Bill Campbell. The Hall of Fame is currently working on arrangements for all living members of the team to attend, including out-of-towners such as Timmy Brown, Sonny Jurgenson, Marion Campbell and Ted Dean. They will join Class III Inductees Jack Ramsay, Ray Didinger, Bill Ellerbee and Don Bragg. Other members of Inductee Class III include Al Simmons, Anne Townsend, Del Ennis, Gene Hart, Hal Greer, Helen Sigel Wilson, Herb Adderley, Joe Fulks, Reggie Jackson, Roy Campanella, Willie Mosconi and The Palestra (Venue Enshrinement).

Also to be honored are the Hall of Fame’s 2005 Pride of Philadelphia Award winners, the 2004-05 Calder Cup Champion Philadelphia Phantoms and Preakness and Belmont winner Afleet Alex with his owners, Cash is King stables.

“With our multi-level ticket plan, the Annual Induction is very much a fan-focused event,” said Steve Tallant Vice-President of Foundation Development for the Hall of Fame. “Fans can interact with the Inductees, admire the museum display, purchase original works of art and participate in the live auction.”

A live auction consisting of exclusive items is part of the evening’s fundraising. Items include two tickets to the 2006 Eagles-Packers game at Lincoln Financial Field in a suite with one of the Eagles all-time greats; and a custom-framed Jack Nicklaus autographed Augusta National flag from the 2005 Masters, the Golden Bear’s last Masters Tournament.

The ceremony features Pat Williams, former 76er General Manager and current Senior VP for the Orlando Magic, as the Master of Ceremonies along with numerous Inductees from the Hall of Fame’s first two classes.

Entries from the Hall of Fame’s 1st annual art contest will be for sale in a gallery-like setting. The original works of art feature the Hall of Fame’s 3rd Inductee Class. A museum exhibit will feature artifacts from the Hall of Fame’s unique collection of Philadelphia sports artifacts.

Regular tickets are $150, VIP tickets are $275 and special, limited-supply, Fly with the Eagles tickets are $500. Only 10 of the Fly with the Eagles tickets will be sold. They include reserved seats at tables with members of the 1960 Eagles.

The cocktail reception begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and the Induction Ceremony. The banquet is open to the public and tickets can be purchased online at http://www.phillyhall.com, via email at events @ phillyhall.net or by calling (215) 886-6657 Ext. 3.

The Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

Founded in 2002, it is a member of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the Pennsylvania Association of Non-Profit Organizations, the Maxwell Club, the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums and the International Association of Sports Museums and Halls of Fame. For More information visit: http://www.phillyhof.org/

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